The Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig has ruled that Germany's prohibition of online casino, scratchcard and poker games is constitutional, despite the ongoing impasse in the awarding of sports betting licences.

This has prompted critics of the State Treaty on Gambling to point to the ruling as confirmation of the lack of effective regulatory controls for gambling in the country, renewing calls for an overhaul of gambling laws.

The ruling centres around two unnamed operators, licensed in Gibraltar and Malta, who offered online poker, scratchcard and casino games in Germany without a local license. One of the operators also offered sports betting, although it had not applied for a federal sports betting concession.

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